delibrate1. I am living proof you do have to grow older but you never have to grow up. I retired last fall from UPS after 35 years. The pensoin income has enabled me to relocate to Summit County Colorado and enjoy my first year as a Ski Bum. I have already skied over 100 days this season at A-Basin, Breckenridge, Copper, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek. The move to Ski Country has been a long time dream finally brought to life.Highlights of the season and move to Summit County include the Masters Race Training at Copper Mountain and meeting and skiing with so many of the local Barking Bear Forum Members. Also the joy of meeting and skiing with many traveling Bears as they travel through. Includind Trekchicks three Wild West Tours. If you get the chance to retire and follow that dream, I highly recommend it. As Warren Miller stated "If you don't do it this year you will be one year older when you finally get to do it".James.
James, good for you. You have made the dream come true. And to be on the snow more than 100 days in a year - well, that almost sounds like the best JOB in the world. Was wondering how you have found life off the slopes. When I think of places I may want to live, I tend to shy away from destination resorts as a retirement address. I spent some time at Vail and Park City this year. The skiing was epic, but I would not want to live in those places. Could be partly that I am just a country boy from Maine. Been around some, but have always lived in a "real" place. More I hear from others who have posted, more I see myself spending time in a place that was a town or city that grew up before skiing - like Bend, or Jackson Hole or Salt Lake City or other such places. I do not want to live in a one trick town. I do other stuff - professional jazz musician and pro photographer. I already live far enough away from places that can feed that need, that I would prefer to have that muse near by in my next life. And the grim part of me realizes that there may come a time when I can not ski. If that happens, I want to be in a place that still has meaning. A place where you can be part of a community, not just a skiing carpetbagger. My wife and I have always become involved in our local schools and places of worship. Not likely that we could give that up in our retirement. Would not want to. Thaks for sharing your experience.